In somewhat of a surprise, both simi-final games at the Frozen Four turned into blowouts with Wisconsin beating RIT 8-1 and Boston College beatin Miami 7-1. The match for the national championship between Wisconsin and Boston College will be at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The complete stories can be found here.
Blake Geoffrion had a goal and an assist and Craig Smith had a goal in the Badgers route of RIT.
The Hobey Baker Award will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPNU.
As Blake Geoffrion waits for tonight's Hobey Baker announcement, the New York Times has a feature story about him.
In Pred Nation...
Bryan Mullen has the latest on Patric Hornqvist's injury and a discussion about the players who have been out of the playoffs previously due to injury.
John Glennon chronicles the Pred's fall into seventh place last night. With the Kings getting a point in a shootout loss to Phoenix, Detroit, Loss Angeles and the Preds all have 98 points but LA and the Wings have a game in hand on the Preds. The Preds have a lock on seventh because even if Colorado wins their lat two games, the Preds would still get the tie-breaker.
Dirk Hoag's Wednesday visit to the Three Hour Lunch has been memorialized in podcast form. Dirk also has the release about the Preds Foundation giving out $305,000 to local organizations.
Ex Pred Vern Fiddler got the Masterton nod from the Phoenix writers.
Section 303 has a list of the Masterton nominees that have been announced for other NHL teams. Jose Theodore may be a dark horse from the list announced so far.
Mark Willoughby has his weekly "My View" out early this week.
Odd Man Rush has part 4 in his series with what a Pred's match with San Jose would look like.
Pete Weber does a literary review of his favorite books at the Nashville Examiner.
Around the NHL...
Sidney Crosby had 50 goals for a while last night until it was taken away by a video review after the game.
Pat Burns was hospitalized with pneumonia. He was later released. Burns has battled cancer for a few years and their is a push on to induct him into the Hockey HOF while he is still alive to enjoy it.
As expected, it was officially announced that Raleigh would host next season's NHL All Star game.
VFMS has a post from Gimmeapuck discussing Mike Modano's retirement.
Dan Ellis commented on Mike Modano on Twitter last night. @dellis39: Mike Modano is by far the best player that I have ever played with even it were only for one game! What a career! Congrats and thanks Mike!
Tyler Ennis was named the AHL Rookie of the Year.
Chris Chelios beat the rap on his DUI charge.
Adam Proteau looks back at his preseason predictions. Good to see the Preds finished higher than 13th.
Odds and Ends...
The documentary about the Doors, narrated by Johnny Depp, that was originally released at Sundance last year, is finally hitting (a few) theaters today. "When You're Strange" consists of actual archival footage that has been preserved over the years and includes mint condition pieces from "HWY" that was done by Jim Morrison in 1969. Their web site indicates that the film will hit the Belcourt on May 7th.
Google Maps for the Blackberry has several new features that are difficult for me to understand. For now I think I'll stick to Goog411.
The Masters has turned into a circus this year. From @timdahlberg: Plane towing a banner over Augusta National as Woods tees off: ``Tiger, did you mean Bootyism'' . 2nd plane at Masters towing sign: ``Sex addict? Yeah, right. Duped me too.''
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass